I expect Alabama to come out on offense like they did against LSU and Florida - spread the field and throw the ball early in the game. This will set up the bruising rushing attack of Ingram and Richardson as the game wears on. I believe this game will be close till about half time. But if things work out the way I see them Alabama pulls away in the 4th quarter and chews tons of time of the clock control the ball and play swarming defense. I may be a homer but I expect Alabama to win.
Eddie McCoy - Auburn Football Insider
Texas 31, Alabama 24
This game is going to be a battle along the trenches and the team that wins that battle will win the Championship. Texas did a poor job against Nebraska, but mainly because they had the best defensive player in the country and one of the best d-lineman that I've seen in several years in Suh going against them. This game, they have one of the best defenses in the country going against them in Bama. Bama's defense thrives on confusing the QB and having the QB check into bad plays. The million dollar question is whether this defense will be successful against an offense that is truly high tempo and fast paced and doesn't make many adjustments. In the Auburn game, when Auburn's offense got up to the line and ran the play quickly, they caught Alabama in some bad spots and I expect Texas to do the same. With that said, it really comes down to Texas's D vs. Alabama's O. I think Muschamp will take away the run and force McElroy to win with his arm. McElroy was able to take advantage of that same situation earlier in the year, but Texas' defense is one of the best and in the nation. I like Texas to hit some big plays and play a bend but don't break defense and win this game in a much higher scoring game than most figure.